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Choosing clothes makes an individual fashion statement ―but it can also say something about how the individual feels about the environment. A growing number of discriminating consumers are paying attention to where products are manufactured and where materials are sourced. Buying “green” and protecting our environment has become an...
Manufacturers of hardwood pulp have seen their wood fiber costs decline the past three years from a record high in 2011, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. In contrast, producers of softwood pulp have had fairly stable fiber costs with the SFPI index hovering around $100/odmt the past two years (2012-2014).  Wood fiber costs, the major...
The International Energy Agency has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, which includes forecasts for global biofuel and renewable energy growth. Within the report, the authors predict that the expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished. In the power...

Guest Columns

The nine-month revenue extender that Congress passed on August 1 to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent until May 2015...
On July 24, Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Florida) introduced the Right to Haul Act (HR 5201), which would allow “...
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Tailoring Rule, thereby addressing one of the key risks of the U.S....
This is a guest article by John Siegenthaler. BTEC, HeatSpring, and John are running a 10-week advanced design class on...
Between January and April 2012, the province of British Columbia was hit with a double shot of tragedy. In three months...

Industry News

Maibec has invested more than $20 million in the upgrade of its lumber mill in St-Pamphile de l'Islet. The upgrade included the acquisition of high-tech, high-performance equipment that maibec...
The American Transportation Research Institute has released results of a study, substantiating that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance –  Safety –...
Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today announced the permanent closure of its Laurentide paper mill in Shawinigan, Quebec. The restart of a competitor's mill at the end of...
The Kaibab National Forest will begin surveying forest visitors on all three of its ranger districts Oct. 1 in an effort to better understand what sites and facilities they use, how long they stay,...
Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska totaled 515 million board feet in volume in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the first...
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ruling on Wednesday is expected to benefit the nation’s forest products industry through a new preference in a government program for purchases of bio-...

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Forest Photos

Sponsored by Evergreen Foundation

This Mead-Westvaco mixed hardwood forest in West Virginia is one of many that sit atop huge coal deposits. Coal mining is, of course, a huge industry in West Virginia but a surprising number of timberland owners have no interest in seeing their lands stripped for the coal that lies below. Viewing this scene, it is not hard to understand why.